The Farnham based children’s writer, time traveller and ravenous bookworm, Ally Sherrick visited King Edward’s Witley last week, to talk about her new book ‘Black Powder’ and her personal journey to becoming a published author.
Mrs Sherrick spent time at the School as part of the Guildford Book Festival and met with pupils from the Lower School, as well as some children from Years 6 and 7 at Barrow Hills, King Edward’s sister school. During her inspirational talk, the author spoke about the challenges she faced prior to being accepted by ‘Chicken House’, the publishing company that eventually signed her up (Chicken House also discovered J.K. Rowling and prints the Harry Potter series of books).
Pupils attending the presentation were provided with top tips on different inspirations for writing; how to put a plot together; length of time to put together a new book and practical guidance on editing and proof reading. With November 5th looming, the author’s new book is particularly apposite, as it is a fictional tale of gunpowder, treason and plot, a theme inspired by Mrs Sherrick’s visit to Cowdray Castle at Midhurst.
The visit to the School certainly made an impact as local bookseller Waterstones, who also attended the talk, completely sold out of copies of Black Powder!
Commenting on the day, King Edward’s pupil Ryan said, “It was an exciting day for me as I got to meet someone who has actually published a book. It was really inspiring as I want to be an author and I’m writing, and illustrating, my own book at the moment.”
Photo caption: Ryan meeting Ally Sherrick.